FUGA, Budapest Center of Architecture has invited photographer László Kondor – to exhibit a masterly body of vintage photographs from 1960 thru 1994 of Chicago Public Art and Architecture. László Kondor is better known for decades in the United States as a conflict and political photographer. This first showing in Budapest of 50 images is the result of a non-commissioned personal project.
Opening ceremony: 6pm 21st March, 2018. Opened by: Peter BAKI.
Date: 21.03.2018. – 15.04.2018.
Venue: FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture/ 1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 5.
It was in 1961 that Hungarian born Kondor arrived in the City of Chicago. The young photographer was awe-inspired by the newness and enormity of Chicago’s modern architectural wonders.
He prowled among landmarks created by giants in the history of Architecture such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago, the birth-place of the modern skyscraper, offered a forest of glass and metal to this new observer.
The images are in two phases – from 1961– 1969, using a 35 mm camera and working out of other photographers darkrooms, reflects Kondor’s inquisitive and emotional vision, searching for identities in this very American city. The second phase is from 1973 – 1994, returning from photographing the war in Vietnam, Kondor refocused his more mature and analytical gaze to many of the same buildings using a Hasselblad camera. These images were printed in 1994 in his commercial studio.
László Kondor now lives and works in Kapolcs, Hungary. His photographs are represented in the permanent collection of the NVAM, National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and the Richard J Daley Collection in the UIC Library in Chicago.
Budapest Center of Architecture/ 1052 Budapest, Petofi Sandor utca 5. Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday 13:00-21:00 pm, Tuesday closed, Saturday-Sunday 11:00-21:00. www.fuga.org.hu [email protected] +36 1 266 2395
Photo: ©Laszlo Kondor Collection – all rights reserved